§ 18. Mr. LIDDALL
asked the Minister of Transport whether, seeing that the grid scheme is now almost completed, he will, in order to provide work for the unemployed, take the necessary steps to ex- tend the benefits of electric lighting to all towns and villages throughout the country
§ The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Mr. Oliver Stanley)
The duty of adequately developing electricity supply within their respective areas rests upon the various local authorities and the companies concerned. Development is steadily proceeding. My information is that, generally speaking, authorised undertakers are alive to their duties in this respect, and it is not unreasonable that they should have regard to the adequacy of the 1162 probable demand. The position is, however, closely watched by the Electricity Commissioners.
§ Mr. LIDDALL
May I ask why, in the present situation, the Ministry of Transport does not itself take the initiative and promote schemes of work to supply the countryside with cheap electricity?
§ Mr. STANLEY
It depends on whether the existing development is adequate to meet the probable demand.
§ Sir PERCY HARRIS
Has the Minister in his possession a survey of the possible requirements and the potential development that could be carried out?
§ Mr. STANLEY
I am informed that on the figures and information available it appears that the total capital expenditure on the construction of the grid will be approximately £27,000,000, exclusive of interest during construction, and that the work will be substantially completed during the present year.